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In a very intriguing matchup between world ranked super middleweights Donovan George (22-1, 19 KOs) and Edwin Rodriguez (20-0, 14 KOs) will square off March 17th. The bout will be the HBO opener 10 or 12 rounds prior to the Sergio Martinez vs Matthew Macklin St. Patrick’s Day main event in Madison Square Garden, New York, New York. Middleweight Andy Lee was originally slated to open the telecast, but pulled out to seek a possible world title shot. On paper, George-Rodriguez seems like for sure fireworks as both are decent punchers. And, both fighters are expected to sell a lot of tickets with George being of Irish decent and Rodriguez of Dominican.
Report and photos by Francisco Salazar
Former unified middleweight champion Kelly Pavlik, who has battled personal problems within the last year, hopes a change of scenery will allow him to focus on boxing again and hopefully pursue another shot at a world title belt. That change of scenery is far away from the familiar surroundings of his hometown of Youngstown, OH, where some say have contributed to his recent troubles. Instead, he traveled westward to Oxnard, CA, where he has been training at the Robert Garcia Boxing Academy since last Monday.
Unlike Youngstown, OH, Pavlik could blend in with the almost 200,000 people that call Oxnard home. Whereas Pavlik may be the main sports story in his hometown, he could take a back seat to other well-known fighters in Ventura County, such as Sergio Martinez, Brandon Rios, and Victor Ortiz. Not to mention the top high school soccer programs in Oxnard, which have dominated the local sports pages in recent weeks.
Pavlik (37-2, 32 KOs) can live with that. (more…)
By David L. Hudson Jr.
The incomparable Muhammad Ali, former three-time world heavyweight champion, just turned 70. A cultural icon on a global scale, Ali transcends sports. But he’s more than a popular former champion and world hero. He and his life story exemplify the freedoms found in the First Amendment. Ali freely exercised his religious faith. He regularly spoke provocatively on a variety of topics. The press was abuzz with coverage and criticism. Thousands assembled in support of him, and the champion himself took part in rallies, parades and marches. Some petitioned the government to redress the injustice of his conviction for refusing military service, which resulted in his being exiled from the boxing ring for his beliefs. (More)
Story by David L. Hudson
He never won a UFC world title. He never even fought for a world title in the UFC. He lost seven times in the Octagon, including stoppage losses to the likes of Michael Bisping, Terry Martin and Chris Leben. But, this game warrior also won eight bouts in the UFC, including his UFC debut back in September 2003. He fought 15 times in the Octagon and proved himself a tough warrior – whether he fought in the prelims or on the main, televised bouts. (more…)
By Gabriel F. Cordero
Mexican flyweight prospect Luis “Gallito” Ceja (21-1-3, 17 KOs) won via twelve round unanimous decision (115-113, 116-112 and 116-112) over Argentinian Carlos “Bad Boy” Ruiz (11-1, 7 KOs) to retained the WBC Fecarbox title in the main event of “Clash of Nations” on Saturday night at the Jilotepec Convention Center, State of Mexico in an event organized by Baja Boxing and broadcast by Televisa.
In the co-feature, undefeated Julio “Pollito” Ceja (18-0, 17 KOs) stopped experienced former world title challenger Ronald Barrera (30-9-2, 19 KOs) of Colombia at the 2:21 of the fourth round to be crowned WBC bantamweight Fecarbox champion.
Story by David L. Hudson
Pat Barry made some sweet music of his own in Music City, delivering a highlight reel knockout of Christian Morecraft in a heavyweight clash. The 5-11’ Barry returned to the winning column over his 6-6’ opponent after dropping his previous two fights against Cheick Kongo and Stefan Struve. (more…)
By Shamus Young at ringside
Cruiserweight Henry Namauu improved to 10-4 with a unanimous decision over Joell Godfrey (now 13-6-1) over ten rounds at the Emerald Queen Casino in Tacoma, WA. Godfrey had a reach advantage and could win exchanges in the middle of the ring, but he chose to rope –a-dope for long stretches of rounds. Perhaps Godfrey was doing rope-a-dope as a tribute to Ali’s 70th birthday, but it was an ineffective tribute. Godfrey’s defense wasn’t tight enough, so plenty of scoring blows came through. And when he wasn’t on the roles, Godfrey just wasn’t moving his hands often enough to win the round. Namauu just piled up points. Scores were 99-91, 97-93, and 96-94. Fightnews had it 96-95 for Namauu. (more…)
Report and photo by Travis Landon
Billy “The Kid” Zumbrun (25-12-1, 13 KOs) stayed perfect in Utah by knocking out Cliff Couser (26-22-2) in the fourth round of their fight in Ogden, UT. Zumbrun came out the aggressor landing combinations to the head and body that put Couser against the ropes. In the second round Billy hurt Couser against the ropes early in the round and followed up with several rights to the body to prompt the referee to give Couser a standing eight count. Later in the round Billy landed another series of blows to prompt a second standing eight, but Couser survived the round. Billy continued his assault until he finally put Couser down for the count in round four with a hard right hand followed up by a combination. After the fight Zumbrun said he would like to get a couple more fights before getting a big fight. With the win Zumbrun is now 15-0 in Utah.
Postfight by David L. Hudson
Mike Easton may be a bantamweight, but they call him “the Hulk.” This muscle-bound, 5-6’ warrior ran his professional MMA record to 12-1 and his UFC record to 2-0 with a majority decision win over Jared Papazian in Nashville, Tennessee. (more…)
Photos: Rafael Soto / Zanfer
IBF lightweight champion Miguel “Titere” Vazquez (30-3, 13 KOs) retained his title with a twelve round unanimous decision over Ameth Diaz (30-11, 21 KOs) on Saturday night at the Coliseo Olímpico de la Universidad de Guadalajara. Vazquez was in command all the way, as reflected by the scores of 120-107, 120-107 and 119-108.
In other results, welterweight Daniel “Galeno” Sandoval (24-2, 24 KOs) scored a second round KO over Juan Jesus “Burbu” Rivera. Super lightweight Ricardo “Dinamita¨ Álvarez bombed out Adrian Rodríguez in round one. Hot female mini-flyweight prospect “Princesa Tapatía” Joselyn Arroyo shut out Salma “Terrible” Canales over six. more photos
By Mike Bernier at ringside
Photos: Marty Rosengarten / ringsidephotos.com
DiBella Entertainment’s Broadway Boxing Series kicked off Saturday night in front of a sold out crowd at Roseland Ballroom in NYC with a scheduled 9 bouts featuring local and international fighters. In the main event of the evening, Brooklyn’s undefeated NABF Jr. Welterweight Champion, Gabriel “Tito” Bracero (18-1, 3 KO’s) was dethroned of his Jr. Welterweight title by former two-time World Champion, DeMarcus “Chop-Chop” Corley (38-19-1, 22KO’s) of Washington, DC. It was an action packed fan friendly bout scheduled for 10 rounds. Corley, who is a southpaw, entered the ring losing 8 out of his last 9 fights and displayed that at 37 years young he still has what it takes to beat a young up and coming lion on the road. Corley entered the ring wearing a plain white bath rope that looks like he borrowed it from his hotel and was adorned with a Ushanka (Russian fur cap) on his head. Bracero entered the ring looking confident and acknowledged his fans in attendance while cheering “Tito, Tito, Tito!” (more…)
Photos: Jose Perez / PR Best
Super flyweight David Quijano (14-2-1, 9 KOs) pounded out a ten round unanimous decision over Javier Gallo (18-5-1, 10 KOs) on Saturday night at the Coliseo Pedrin Zorrilla in Hato Rey, San Juan, Puerto Rico. Quijano dropped Gallo with seconds left in the tenth round to punctuate a 98-91, 98-91, 96-93 win.
Lightweight Regino Canales (4-2, 1 KO) won by TKO when the referee stopped the fight at the start of the sixth round after the doctor checked the right eye of Edgardo Rivera (6-2, 5 KOs). Canales, who was down in the first round, dominated the second, third, fourth and fifth rounds with his better boxing skills. more photos
By Gabriel F. Cordero and Leo Benatar
Argentinian prospect Argentine Juan Manuel Bonanni (17-2-2, 6 KOs) won by knockout in the third round against compatriot Hector Santana (13-2, 10 KOs) in a welterweight fight at the CEDEM Home No. 2 in the province of Buenos Aires. Bonanni was from beginning to end working smart and effective boxing from a distance as it suited him, while Santana sought to trade at all times, but at a very slow and tiresome pace. Near the end of the first round Bonanni sent Santana to the canvas with a powerful right cross over the ear. Then in the third Bonanni threw a right cross that almost reached its destination and then came a powerful left on Santana’s temple. He crumpled to the mat slowly and in poor condition received referee Jorge Bacile’s count and knockout decree.
Former world champion Daniel Ponce De Leon (42-4, 35 KOs) scored a sixth round TKO over Omar Estrella (15-4-2, 10 KOs) in a featherweight bout on Saturday night at the Bodega Del Boxeo in Ensenada, Baja California, Mexico. Ponce De Leon rebounded from consecutive losses to Adrien Broner and Yuriorkas Gamboa with the win.
In the co-feature, bantamweight Leo Santa Cruz (19-0-1, 11 KOs) scored a fourth round TKO over Alejandro Hernandez (24-9-2, 13 KOs).
By Rick Scharmberg and Kurt Wolfheimer at ringside
Photos: Tri Nguyen
In a clash of unbeaten heavyweights, Bryant Jennings (12-0, 5 KOs) of South Philly won a ten round unanimous decision Maurice Byarm (13-0-1, 9 KOs) of North Philly to claim the vacant Pennsylvania State Heavyweight Championship on Saturday night at the Asylum Arena in Philadelphia. Jennings outworked Byarm to earn a 97-93, 96-94, 96-94 verdict.
Jr middleweight “King” Gabriel Rosado (19-5, 11 KOs) scored a surprisingly one-sided fifth round TKO over Jesus Soto-Karass (24-8-3, 16 KOs). Rosado was on the attack from the opening bell until referee Steve Smoger waved it off at 2:06 of the fifth with Soto-Karass under heavy fire.
Fast rising light heavyweight Sullivan Barrera (9-0, 6 KOs) outpointed previously unbeaten Damar Singleton (8-1, 4 KOs) over six, but failed to impress. Scores were 60-54, 60-54, 59-55. more photos
By Brian Grammer and Clint Rosser at ringside
As the icy rain fell outside, Rumble Time Promotions, turned up the heat at the Heart of St. Charles Banquet Center in St. Charles, MO, Friday night. In an upset, veteran light heavyweight, Shannon Miller (25-47-8, 18 KOs) made the trip from his home in Columbus, MS tripping up local favorite, Shawn Hammack (21-8-2, 15 KOs), winning a unanimous 6 round decision. (more…)
In a clash for the English heavyweight title and final eliminator for the British and Commonwealth championship, unbeaten 2008 Olympic gold medalist David Price (12-0, 10 KOs) destroyed John McDermott (26-8, 17 KOs) in the first round on Saturday at Liverpool Olympia in Liverpool, England. The 6’8 Price dropped McDermott three times, the third time for the count. The bout lasted 73 seconds.
Maurice Byarm 244.5 vs. Bryant Jennings 220
Jesus Sot-Karass 154 vs. Gabriel Rosado 153.5
Doel Carrasquillo 149 vs. Ray Robinson 148.5
Lenwood Dozier 146 vs. Jose Perlata Alejo 145
Damar Singleton 176.5 vs. Sullivcan Barrera 174.5
Pedro Andres 136 vs. Naim Nelson 137.5
David Gonzales 142 vs. Korey Pritchett 141
Venue: Asylum Arena, Philadelphia, PA
Promoter: Main Events, Peltz Boxing, Greg Cohen Promotions
TV: NBC Sports Network
Tickets: available $45 & $65
By Felipe Leon
Photos: Gabriel Barron
On Friday afternoon, Bobby D. Presents and Jorge Marron Productions along with representatives from the Gonzalez Sports Academy held a well attended press conference at the popular Brew House in Eastlake, CA, a suburb of San Diego, CA, to officially announce their Friday, January 27th, fight card “Champions of Tomorrow”. The event will be held on the grounds of the Gonzalez Sports Academy, a 29,000 square foot facility which houses three volleyball courts, a track and field installation, batting cages and pitching mounds along with an impressive weight room which recently former welterweight champion Antonio Margarito used as he prepared for his Miguel Cotto rematch. For more details and photos click here…
Cuban boxing sensation and two-time Olympic gold medalist Guillermo Rigondeaux may have lulled fight fans at The Palms to sleep with several painfully tentative rounds against Rico Ramos, but he woke them up with a sensational sixth round knockout to claim the WBA super bantamweight title. The previously undefeated Ramos was overmatched from the outset as a cool, calm and calculated Rigondeaux waited for Ramos to over commit and drilled him with a straight left hand that stunned his foe and followed up with another left hand that sent Ramos tumbling to the canvas. Fortunately for Ramos there were only seconds on the clock . . . Click here for more
Postfight by David L. Hudson
In Nashville, Tennessee, Jim Miller proved with his come-from-behind submission win over the explosive Melvin Guillard that he remains a formidable force in the UFC lightweight division. Miller survived some scary moments in the first couple minutes before winning the main event in the UFC on FX main event. (more…)
By Francisco Salazar at ringside
Welterweight Cleotis “Mookie” Pendarvis won a workmanlike eight round unanimous decision over Jose Alfredo Lugo at the Warner Center Marriott in Woodland Hills, CA. The southpaw Pendarvis (14-3-2, 5 KOs) was in command for most of the bout, using his speed and ring generalship to land almost at will. Undaunted, Lugo pressed forward, hoping to land lead right hands. He was at his best when both fighters traded punches. However, Lugo (12-17-1, 5 KOs) was not able to keep up with the speed of Pendarvis. All three judges, including Fightnews.com, scored the bout 79-73 in favor of Pendarvis. The Pendarvis-Lugo bout was moved up to main event status when the light heavyweight bout between Anatoily Dudchenko and Alex Armenta fell through due to Armenta claiming that he became ill a few days ago. (more…)
By Rey Colón -The Sport Press
The free agent status of WBA junior middleweight champion Miguel Cotto (37-2, 30 KOs) will allow him to choose the best offer from Floyd Mayweather Jr. or Manny Pacquiao, who continue to publicly discuss through their advisors and promoter Bob Arum whether or not they will face off May 5 or June 9. Given the refusal of Mayweather Jr. to accept a 50-50 purse split while Pacquiao insists on this condition, all roads lead to Cotto, who after them is the biggest ‘pay per view’ seller in the division, therefore his name is the first option.
Cotto will listen to the offer of the Mayweather Jr. group and then give an opportunity to Arum, who was his promoter since he debuted ten years ago and whose contract expired on December 31. He will then evaluate the bids and choose the most attractive and lucrative. (more…)
Jim Miller weathered an early storm Friday night at Bridgestone Arena that saw him eat some heavy knees from Melvin Guillard, but he turned the tables with a textbook rear naked choke that earned him the victory in the UFC on FX main event, vaulting him right back into title contention at 155 pounds.
Winner of eight of his past nine fights, the New Jersey native rebounded from a tough loss to Benson Henderson, who fights UFC lightweight kingpin Frankie Edgar next month in Japan . . . Click here for more by Frank Curreri, UFC.com
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Former title challenger Omar Sheika is back in action tonight as he goes toe-to-toe with durable Charles Hayward in the main event of “Saturday Night Fights at the Hamilton Manor” in Hamilton, NJ. Also in action is exciting undefeated super middleweight Derrick “Take it to the Bank” Webster (11-0, 6 KOs) facing upset-minded Brian Bernard (10-10-2, 6 KOs). (more…)
Photos: German Villasenor/Top Rank
The undefeated WBC middleweight champion Julio Cesar Chavez, Jr. is putting the final touches in his preparations for #1 contender Marco Antonio Rubio on February 4 at the Alamodome in San Antonio. The “Son of the Legend” had this to say Friday at the Wild Card Boxing Club in Hollywood. “Being a world champion is a big responsibility and that why I have work so hard during this camp. This fight is very important to me and I need to be at my best”
“He’s a very experienced fighter and very strong, but not the overall boxer that Sebastian Zbik is. I know this is a very tough fight and a great challenge for me, but I feel that I am not only ready for these types of fights, but to also win them.” (more…)
WBA interim champion and two-time Olympic gold medalist Guillermo Rigondeaux (9-0, 7 KOs) scored a spectacular sixth round knockout over previously unbeaten WBA super bantamweight champion Rico Ramos (20-1, 11 KOs) on Friday night at the Pearl Theatre at Palms Casino Resort in Las Vegas. Rigondeaux got Ramos’ respect early by dropping him with a straight left in round one. The former amateur star dominated every minute of the fight until putting Ramos down for the count with a left to the body in round six. Time was 1:29. After the fight, Rigondeaux called out Nonito Donaire. (more…)
Photos: AllStar Boxing
Late sub Osvaldo “Chucky” Razon (13-3, 8 KOs) scored a twelve round unanimous decision over former world title challenger Ivan “Pollito” Meneses (16-10-2, 9 KOs) in a clash for the vacant WBC Latin jr. flyweight title on Friday night at the recently renovated Auditorio Plaza Condesa in Mexico City. Razon knocked down Meneses in the twelfth round to punctuate a clear unanimous decision. Razon stepped in for Luis De La Rosa on two days notice. Click here for more photos…
Daniel Ponce De Leon 125.5 vs. Omar Estrella 126
Leo Santa Cruz 119.6 vs. Alejandro Hernandez 123.2
Marco Antonio Periban 169 vs. Antonio Arras ??
Khabir Suleymanov 123.6 vs. Roberto Lopez 122.4
Eduardo Gonzalez 139.2 vs. Mario Padilla 141
Jose Torres 149 vs. Javier Gomez 145.8
Venue: Bodega Del Boxeo, Ensenada, BC, Mexico
Promoter: Golden Boy
TV: Televisa/ATT U-Verse
Maurice Byarm 244.5 vs. Bryant Jennings 220
(10 round heavyweights)
Rest of card weighs-in Saturday morning 9am
Venue: Asylum Arena, Philadelphia, PA
Promoter: Main Events, Peltz Boxing, Greg Cohen Promotions
TV: NBC Sports Network Fight Night
First bout 7pm, TV 9-11pm
Tickets available at $45 & $65
Joel Godfrey 197.5 vs. Henry Namauu TBD
Nate Serrano 146 vs. Roberto Crespo 147
Randell Corpuz 139.5 vs. Rashad Hughes 143
Dave Courchaine 162 vs. Brandon Adams 161.5
Adrian Hermann 176.5 vs. Len Bentley 176.5
Jose Rico 178.5 vs. Josh Hewson 197.5
*Namauu to weigh in tomorrow at 5 pm
Venue: Emerald Queen Casino
Promoter: Halquist Productions
By Kurt Wolfheimer
Omar Sheika 175.5 vs. Charles Hayward 175.5
Derrick Webster 167 vs. Brian Bernard 167.5
William Santiago 199 vs. Ramadan Yasser 200
Jose Javier Calderon 146 vs. Yehudy Vargas 141
Juan Rodriguez Jr. 147 vs. Carlos Ramos 147.5
Alando Swain 159 vs. Russ Niggemyer 159
David Roman 154 vs. Gregory Bankston 150
Marcus Smith 135 vs. Linwood Hurd 136.5
Venue: Hamilton Manor, Hamilton Township, New Jersey
Promoter: Nedal Promotions
Gabriel Bracero 140 vs. DeMarcus Corley 137
Ran Nakash 201 vs. Derek Bryant 196
Luis Del Valle 122 vs. Jose Angel Beranza 122
Alex Perez 146 vs. Josh Sosa 144.5
Seanie Monaghan 175 vs. Billy Bailey 176
Danny McDermott 142 vs. Terry Buterbaugh 140
Sonya Lamonakis 222 vs. Carlette Ewell 208
Boyd Melson 155 vs. Sean Rawley 154.5
Thomas Hardwick 218 vs. Richard Mason 201.5
Venue: Roseland Ballroom, NYC
Promoter: DiBella Entertainment
By Gabriel F. Cordero
A reliable source has indicated three-division world champion Miguel Cotto (37-2, 30 KOs) is at the top of the list of possible Manny Pacquiao opponents. Other candidates are Timothy Bradley, Lamont Peterson and Juan Manuel Marquez. Proposed date is June 9 in a temporary 38-40,000-seat arena near the strip in Las Vegas.
Meanwhile, there is also a possibility that Marquez could move up to jr welterweight to challenge reigning WBA/IBF jr welterweight champion Lamont Peterson at Cowboys Stadium in Dallas in a date to be determined with the winner in line for Pacquiao. Marquez is still waiting to see if the WBA will reinstate him as lightweight super champion.
After seeking an opponent for the past two months and not being able to come up with anything suitable, the Team of Andy Lee has announced that they will be coming off the May 17 card St. Patrick’s Day card and HBO appearance at The Theater at Madison Square Garden, and now it is rumored he could be the next opponent for WBA Middleweight Champion Felix Sturm with a tentative date scheduled in Germany for April 13th.
“It is with great regret that I have to withdraw from the March 17 St Patrick’s Day Promotion at MSG Theater,” stated Lee. “Unfortunately due to the unavailability of a suitable world ranked opponent Team Lee have collectively decided it is in my best career interest to pass on a fight on this occasion. I would like to thank my promoter, Lou DiBella and HBO for planning to have me on the card and for their efforts to secure a suitable opponent for me from the limited boxers available.”
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